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Old 12-30-2018, 01:28 PM   #1
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Surge protector?

We take delivery of our 2019 30' Classic on Friday. I had 50 amp service installed at our home. When we are plugged in at home, do I need to use our EMS surge protector? Also, is it advisable to leave the trailer plugged in to shore power continuously? I don't want to damage the batteries (AGM's) or any of the electronics?
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Old 12-30-2018, 02:51 PM   #2
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If you can absolutely guarantee that your house will never, ever get hit with a surge, sure.

Me, Id use the surge protector on the AS no matter where I plug it in...just easier to keep the habit going.
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Old 12-31-2018, 10:53 AM   #3
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Do you have the solar option? Is your trailer outside?
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I do have the solar option but my trailer resides under a shed.
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Old 12-31-2018, 01:46 PM   #5
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If you have a surge protector I would absolutely use it, you have nothing to loose by doing so. I am not sure what type of converter/charger they are putting in the new AS, but if it is still the Parallax, I would be cautious about leaving it plugged in constantly, without some sort of periodic load in the trailer. I would not want to chance messing up your AGMs because of an inadequate charger, they are too expensive.
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Old 12-31-2018, 04:26 PM   #6
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Hi

Simple answer is to put a timer on the power feed. Have it turn on for a few hours a week. That will keep the batteries happy without much fuss. If you actually *need* power ( = you are running the furnace or fridge full time ....) then things get a bit more messy. Best advice is to not run stuff full time unless it's essential to do so.

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Old 12-31-2018, 06:30 PM   #7
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We take delivery of our 2019 30' Classic on Friday. I had 50 amp service installed at our home. When we are plugged in at home, do I need to use our EMS surge protector? Also, is it advisable to leave the trailer plugged in to shore power continuously? I don't want to damage the batteries (AGM's) or any of the electronics?
My Safari has been plugged in for years at home, literally years, except for the days we have been away from home camping. There has been no issues since I installed a multistage converter. Before, new batteries were needed every year or two.

My Excella was plugged in without surge protection while parked in Florida (while I was at home in NC). The power supply/utility got struck by lighting somewhere nearby. It cost me a new AC, new battery, new power converter, light bulbs, light fixtures, water heater control module, power cord, etc....

It does not matter where the trailer is plugged in. A power surge can occur anywhere!
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:52 AM   #8
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Definitely use a surge protector if you can. I say that because we have come across some parks were our surge protector showed an error code and we had to make a choice, plug in without it or boondock. In both cases we took the chance and at one park the explanation for our L2 high voltage was feedback from our surge protector.
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Get something like this.

Surge Guard 34850 Portable Model with LCD Display - 50 Amp https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T36QHUO..._mp3kCb5XGN4E6

You'll be amazed at how poor some park electrical systems are.
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Old 01-01-2019, 07:58 AM   #10
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FYI there are tons of earlier threads/posts about surge protectors. If you are using the desktop version of AirForums, the new search function in the blue box above works great:

"surge protectors" -- https://www.google.com/search?q=surg...=airforums.com

We have the plug-in Progressive 30 amp variety:

https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-I.../dp/B015Y9MX38

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Old 01-01-2019, 09:02 AM   #11
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2019 International. I plug in to 50 amp service at home, and YES, I use the surge protector, and YES, I leave it plugged in all the time.
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2019 International. I plug in to 50 amp service at home, and YES, I use the surge protector, and YES, I leave it plugged in all the time.
Thanks the info I was looking for. I have the Progressive Industries 50 amp EMS protector.
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:14 PM   #13
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Thanks the info I was looking for. I have the Progressive Industries 50 amp EMS protector.
Excellent! We have the same EMS and it works great. If you're new to towing make sure you check your lug nut torque on the wheels, along with the air pressure in the tires. That, along with making sure you're hitched up properly and you should be good to go
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